Navigation Links
Increased success a 'virtual' certainty for rugby players

Rugby players worldwide could benefit from a new virtual reality training programme created at Queen's University Belfast.

Team members from Ulster Rugby have been working with researchers in the School of Psychology at Queen's on a range of virtual training scenarios that test expert players' perceptual skills.

Lead researcher in the project is Dr Cathy Craig, a Senior Lecturer in Visual Perception who has previously collaborated with Adidas and top professional world class goal-keepers' to study perception of curved free-kicks in football. She said: "Immersing players in an interactive virtual reality provides an exciting new way of exploring and understanding human behaviour.

"The advantages of this technology are that unlike playing a video game on a normal desktop computer, the rugby player or athlete is totally immersed in a realistic simulated environment. By presenting stereoscopic images in a head mounted display and tracking head movements, the user's viewpoint is automatically updated giving a 360 degree virtual experience. This means that the user becomes totally absorbed in their virtual environment encouraging them to interact as they would in the real world."

The players are fitted with a 'backpack' of sensors and don a helmet-like visor known as a head mounted display through which a series of 360 degree virtual scenarios are displayed.

Also involved in the project are PhD students Gareth Watson from Queen's and Sbastien Brault from the M2S lab, University of Rennes 2. Gareth Watson added: "Our research is concerned with identifying the key events that influence decisions made by players on the pitch. By controlling the events presented to the players, we can see how the visual information available to the participants at any moment in time influences the player's decision about when and how to act". For the researchers this type of research provides valuable insight into expertise and how visual information is used in the decision making process.

So far Ulster rugby players have taken part in two studies. Jeremy Davidson, Forwards' Coach with Ulster Rugby said: "Working alongside the researchers in Psychology at Queen's has provided us with a very useful visual coaching tool that can be used to develop a player's peripheral vision. This is a vital aspect of a player's game and we are looking forward to it improving decision making for our players in a real match setting."


Contact: Lisa McElroy
Queen's University Belfast

Related medicine news :

1. Increased levels of Muellerian-inhibiting substance could mean greater breast cancer risk
2. Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis have increased incidence of other chronic illnesses
3. Lack of Social Interaction Affects Health Outcomes of Breast Cancer --Stress from loneliness leads to increased tumor growth, Decrease breast cancer risk by increasing social interaction
4. DOMA Transforms Healthcare IT with Increased Security While Reducing Cost -- iCodeRx/iDocs/iCharts 6.0 Debuts at AHIMA National Convention
5. Northern California Cancer Center Finds Increased Risk of Most Common Form of Childhood Leukemia Associated With Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides
6. Video: Despite Increased Health Threat, New Study Finds Low Concern About Flu Among Hispanics
7. Increased Demand for Training Leads to Expansion in Alberta
8. New Reagents from New England Biolabs Bring Purity and Increased Value to Sample Prep for Next Generation Sequencing
9. Prostate cancer patients on hormone therapy at increased risk for various heart diseases
10. Gateway Responding To Increased Need for Treatment Among Middle-Income Substance Abusers
11. The Lustgarten Foundation Says Patrick Swayzes Death Highlights the Need for Increased Research into Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of ... Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state ... procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support ... as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business ... to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the ... minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, ... Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , a ... its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... on June 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia ... electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Ill. and INDIANAPOLIS , ... students receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is ... 2016 scholarship winners, announced today online at ... let type 1 diabetes stand in the way of ... has supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... Oticon , industry leaders in advanced ... launch of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s first ... of possibilities for IoT devices.      (Photo: ... Oticon introduces a number of ,world firsts,: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: